Comparison of source-code-hosting facilities

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A source-code repository is a file archive and web hosting facility for source code of software, documentation, web pages, and other works, accessible either publicly or privately. They are often used by open-source software projects and other multi-developer projects to maintain revision and version history, or version control. Many repositories provide a bug tracking system, and offer release management, mailing lists, and wiki-based project documentation. Software authors generally retain their copyright when software is posted to a code hosting facilities.

General information[edit]

Name Manager Established Server side: all free software Client side: all-free JS code Developed or used CDE Require free software on registration Ad-free Notes
Assembla Assembla, Inc 2005 No Unknown Unknown No Yes
Azure DevOps Services Microsoft 2012[1] No No Azure DevOps Services

Microsoft Visual Studio

No Yes Most features are free for open source projects or teams of 5 members or less[2]
Bitbucket Atlassian 2008 No No Atlassian BitBucket Server, JIRA and Confluence No Yes Denies service to Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan, Syria[3]
Buddy Buddy, LLC. 2015 No No Unknown No Yes Cloud version free for 1 project with no limit on size. Self-hosted version free up to 10 users with Fair Source license[4] applied.
CloudForge CollabNet 2012 No Unknown Unknown No Yes
Gitea Gitea organization (open source community)[5] 2016 Yes Yes Unknown No Yes Gitea is an open-source software tool funded on Open Collective that is designed for self-hosting, but also provides a free first-party instance.
GForge The GForge Group,Inc. [6] 2006 Partial Yes Cloud version – free up to 5 users. On-premises version - free up to 5 users. No Yes GForge is free for open source projects.
GitHub Microsoft/GitHub, Inc 2008-04 No No Unknown No Yes Denies Service to Crimea, Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan, Syria[7]

List of government takedown requests: [1]

GitLab GitLab Inc. 2011-09[8] Partial[9] Yes[10] GitLab Community Edition (CE) — free software
GitLab Enterprise Edition (EE) — proprietary
No Yes gitlab.com denies Service to Crimea, Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan, Syria[11]
GNU Savannah Savannah Administration 2001-01 Yes Yes Savane Yes Yes Project by the Free Software Foundation and projects with a GPL compatible license. Staff must approve requests for project approval, deletion, and so forth, which can take time if staffing levels are low. Code access review[12]
Helix TeamHub Perforce Software 1995 No No Cloud version – free up to 5 users. On-premises version requires a license. No Yes Free cloud version has no limits on projects within 5gb storage limit.

On-premises version has DevOps pipeline technology and free replicas.

Launchpad Canonical 2004 Yes No Launchpad No Yes Supports Bazaar and Git for version-controlled repository hosting.[13][14]
OSDN OSDN K.K. (Q11237954) 2002–04 Unknown Yes Unknown No No For open-source projects only.[15]
Ourproject.org Comunes Collective 2002 Yes Yes FusionForge No Yes For free software, free culture and free content projects.
OW2 Consortium OW2 Consortium Unknown Unknown No Unknown No Yes Oriented on middleware technology.
Phabricator Phacility, Inc 2010 Yes Yes Unknown No Yes Hosted option provided by Phacility
Rosetta Code Unknown 2007 Unknown Unknown Unknown Yes Yes Programming chrestomathy wiki for common algorithms
SEUL Unknown 1997-05 Unknown No Unknown No Yes
SourceForge BizX LLC 1999-11 Yes[16][17] Yes Apache Allura No No For open-source projects only.[18]
Denies service when accessed from Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan, Syria[19]
Name Manager Established Server side: all free software Client side: all-free JS code Developed or used CDE Require free software on registration Ad-free Notes

Features[edit]

Name Code review Bug tracking Web hosting Wiki Translation system Shell server Mailing list Forum Personal repository Private repository Announce Build system Team Release binaries Self-hosting
Assembla Yes[20] Yes Yes Yes Yes No No No Yes Yes[21] Yes Yes Yes Unknown No
Azure DevOps Services Yes Yes Yes Yes No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Commercially (Azure DevOps Server)
Bitbucket Yes[22] Yes[a] Yes[23] Yes No No No No Yes Yes[b] No Yes[24] Yes No[25] Commercially (Bitbucket Server formerly Stash)[c]
Buddy Yes Yes No No No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes[d] Yes Yes Yes
CloudForge Unknown Yes Yes Yes No No No No Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown No
GForge Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Gitea Yes Yes No Yes Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Yes Yes Unknown 3rd-party (e.g. Travis CI, Appveyor and others)[26] Yes Unknown Yes
GitHub Yes[27] Yes[28][e] Yes[29] Yes No No No No Yes Yes[f] Yes 3rd-party (e.g. Travis CI, Appveyor and others)[30] Yes Yes Commercially (GitHub Enterprise)
GitLab Yes[31] Yes Yes[32] Yes No No No No Yes Yes Yes Yes[33] Yes Yes[34] Yes[g]
GNU Savannah Yes[35] Yes Yes No No Yes Yes No[36] No No Yes No Yes Unknown Yes
Helix TeamHub Yes[37] Yes No Yes No No Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes, with hooks. Jenkins, TeamCity, etc. No Yes Yes
java.net/Project Kenai Unknown Yes Yes Yes No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Unknown No
Kallithea Yes No Yes No No Unknown No No Yes Yes No No Yes Yes Yes
Launchpad Yes Yes No No Yes No Yes No Yes Yes[h] Yes Yes[i] Yes Unknown Yes
OSDN Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes No Yes Yes No
Ourproject.org Unknown Yes Yes Yes No Unknown Yes Yes Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Yes
Phabricator Yes Yes Yes Yes Unknown Yes Unknown Yes Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Yes
RhodeCode Yes No Yes No No Unknown No No Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes
SourceForge Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes[j] Yes No Yes Yes Yes
Name Code review Bug tracking Web hosting Wiki Translation system Shell server Mailing list Forum Personal repository Private repository Announce Build system Team Release binaries Self-hosting

Version control systems[edit]

Name CVS Git Hg SVN BZR TFVC Arch Perforce Fossil
Assembla No Yes No Yes No No No Yes No
Azure DevOps Services No Yes No No No Yes No No No
Bitbucket No Yes Until Feb 2020[c] No No No No No No
Buddy No Yes No No No No No No No
CloudForge No Yes No Yes No No No No No
GForge Yes Yes No Yes No No No No No
Gitea No Yes No No No No No No No
GitHub No Yes No Partial[38] No No No No No
GitLab No Yes No No No No No No No
GNU Savannah Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes[39] No Yes No No
java.net No Yes[40] Yes[40] Yes[40] No No No No No
Kallithea No Yes Yes No No No No No No
Launchpad Import only Yes[14][41] Import only[42] Import only Yes No No No Unknown
OSDN Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No Unknown Unknown
Ourproject.org Yes No No Yes No No No Unknown Unknown
OW2 Consortium Yes No No Yes No No No Unknown Unknown
Helix TeamHub No Yes Yes Yes No No No Yes No
Phabricator No Yes Yes Yes No No No No No
RhodeCode No Yes Yes Yes No No No No No
SEUL.org Yes No No Yes No No No Unknown Unknown
SourceForge Dropped[43] Yes Yes Yes Dropped[44] No No Unknown No[45]
Sourcehut No Yes Yes No No No No Unknown Unknown
Name CVS Git Hg SVN BZR TFVC Arch Perforce Fossil

Popularity[edit]

Name Users Projects Alexa rank (lower = more popular)
Assembla Unknown 526,581+[46] 35,454 as of 28 July 2020[47]
Bitbucket 5,000,000[48] Unknown 1,341 as of 28 July 2020[49]
Buddy Unknown Unknown 39,857 as of 28 July 2020[50]
CloudForge Unknown Unknown 402,884 as of 28 July 2020[51]
Gitea Unknown Unknown 236,332 as of 28 July 2020[52]
GitHub 31,000,000[53] 100,000,000[53] 78 as of 28 July 2020[54]
GitLab 100,000[55] 546,000[56][k] 2,710 as of 28 July 2020[57]
GNU Savannah 93,346[58] 3,848[58] 162,054 as of 28 July 2020[59]
Launchpad 3,965,288[60] 40,881[61] 11,533 as of 28 July 2020[62]
OSDN 54,826[63] 6,294[63] 8,708 as of 28 July 2020[64]
Ourproject.org 6,353[65] 1,846[65] 1,083,012 as of 28 July 2020[66]
OW2 Consortium Unknown Unknown 1,509,677 as of 28 July 2020[67]
Rosetta code Unknown Unknown 66,029 as of 28 July 2020[68]
SEUL Unknown Unknown 1,602,812 as of 28 July 2020[69]
SourceForge 3,700,000[70] 500,000[70] 470 as of 28 July 2020[71]
Name Users Projects Alexa rank (lower = more popular)

Discontinued: CodePlex, Gna!, Google Code.

Specialized hosting facilities[edit]

The following are open-source software hosting facilities that only serve a specific narrowly focused community or technology.

Name Ad-free CVS Git SVN Arch Notes
Drupal Yes No Yes No No Only for Drupal related projects.
freedesktop.org Yes No Yes No No Only for interoperability and shared base technology for free software desktop environments on Linux and other Unix-like operating systems, including the X Window System (X11) and cairo (graphics).
mozdev.org Yes Yes Unknown No No Only for Mozilla-related projects.
Name Ad-free CVS Git SVN Arch Notes

Former hosting facilities[edit]

  • Alioth (Debian) In 2018, Alioth has been replaced by a GitLab based solution hosted on salsa.debian.org. Alioth has been finally switched off in June 2018.
  • BerliOS – abandoned in April 2014[72]
  • Betavine – abandoned somewhere in 2015.
  • CodeHaus – shut down in May 2015[73]
  • CodePlex CodePlex shut down in December 2017.
  • Fedora Hosted – closed in March 2017 [74]
  • Gitorious – shut down in June 2015.
  • Gna! Gna.org shut down in 2017.
  • Google Code – closed in January 2016, all projects archived. See http://code.google.com/archive/ .
  • java.net Java.net and kenai.com hosting closed April 2017.
  • Tigris.org - shut down in July 2020.[75]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Anyone can submit Bug Reports without logging in.
  2. ^ Limited to 5 users on free plan (see Pricing - bitbucket.org)
  3. ^ a b Self hosted version is known as BitBucket Server and only supports Git repositories
  4. ^ Builds are run in Docker containers
  5. ^ Requires one to log in to report a Bug.
  6. ^ Limited to 3 users on free plan (see Pricing - github.com)
  7. ^ Has an open source Community Edition and commercial Enterprise Edition
  8. ^ Currently only available for security vulnerability updates
  9. ^ Ubuntu
  10. ^ Private repositories can be used to set up a project before going live. However, SourceForge requires that the project remains open source. See SourceForge Support.
  11. ^ GitLab is not fundamentally organized by projects, so the count is somewhat difficult.

References[edit]

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  6. ^ https://gforge.com
  7. ^ "GitHub and Trade Controls". Retrieved 19 January 2020.
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  17. ^ "The Next SourceForge". SourceForge. Retrieved 25 August 2013.
  18. ^ "About (SourceForge)". SourceForge. Retrieved 25 August 2013.
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  24. ^ Bitbucket Pipelines
  25. ^ Issue #11404 – Bitbucket equivalent of GitHub Releases? (BB-13572)
  26. ^ https://docs.gitea.io/en-us/comparison/
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  28. ^ no file attachments, but images can be embedded GitHub Issue Tracker — GitHub
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  30. ^ https://github.com/integrations
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  38. ^ Collaborating on GitHub with Subversion 路 GitHub. Github.com (2012-06-26). Retrieved on 2015-04-01.
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  42. ^ "Launchpad Blog". Blog.launchpad.net. 29 October 2009. Retrieved 20 May 2015.
  43. ^ https://sourceforge.net/p/forge/documentation/CVS/
  44. ^ SourceForge docs for bazaar, Bazaar is no longer available for new projects, they only offer limited support for Bazaar for projects previously using it on the Classic SourceForge system (2013-07-01).
  45. ^ Feature Request: Fossil Repositories
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  72. ^ "BerliOS Developer: New berliOS portal launched". Archived from the original on 7 April 2014.
  73. ^ "Codehaus: The once great house of code has fallen". Retrieved 29 December 2019.
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